NEWS | Sept. 19, 2011

This week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 18, 1936 - Squadron 40-T, based in the Mediterranean, was established to protect U.S. interests and citizens around the Iberian Peninsula throughout the Spanish Civil War.

Sept. 19, 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reached the record depth of two miles.

Sept. 20, 1981 - USS Mount Hood and Navy helicopters rescued 18 crew members of the Philippine Navy frigate, Datu Kalantiaw.

Sept. 21, 1944 - Aircraft from 12 carriers commenced a two-day attack against Japanese ships and airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands.

Sept. 22, 1989 - After Hurricane Hugo, Sailors and Marines provided assistance to Charleston, S.C. through Oct. 10.

Sept. 23, 1944 - USS West Virginia (BB-48) reached Pearl Harbor and rejoined the Pacific Fleet marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Sept. 24, 1960 - The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), was launched at Newport News, Va.